Circular tourism- Towards recovery, sustainability and
resilience (Online event)
The tourism sector is a generator of jobs and income. In the context of Newcastle and the Hunter region, tourism can generate economic benefits that will help transition the region into a sustainable future. However, without proper systems in place, tourism can consume large quantities of energy, water, and plastics which degrade the environmental quality of ecosystems in tourism destinations. New and circular business models are needed to change the way tourism operates and enable businesses and destinations to be sustainable. The quadruple bottom line needs to be applied to tourism development, where equal attention is given to cultural, economic, environmental, and social benefits to ensure beneficial flow on effects for local communities. The COVID-19-related tourism pause is an opportunity to rethink, refocus, and reimagine how the tourism sector can build a better and more circular economy tourism system for the future.